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The phenomenal bestseller that won hearts the world over.

One unforgettable storyteller. Over 2 million books sold.

Kate Carrington has cut all ties with Africa, the land of her birth. Her past is buried alongside her missionary parents, the last reminders locked safely away in the attic. But when a mysterious woman moves in next door, Kate's carefully constructed world is torn apart.

Annah Mason has led an extraordinary life – one that has taken her from a hospital in Langali to the company of rainmakers deep in the Tanzanian bush. Her connection with the Waganga people has brought her the great love of her life, and freedom beyond her dreams. Yet she carries with her a painful secret. Now, the time has come for her to tell her story – to finally set Kate free.

The international bestseller that has captured hearts the world over.

'This most moving book, whose every breath is a love-song for Africa and her people, is a faultlessly woven cloth.' LE MONDE (FRANCE)

'One to keep you reading late into the night.' WEST AUSTRALIAN

'Beautifully written, lively and sympathetic ... an adventurous and highly entertaining read.' BOOKSHOW (GERMANY)

Reviews

This most moving book, whose every breath is a love-song for Africa and her people, is a faultlessly woven cloth.

Le Monde (France)

One to keep you reading late into the night.

West Australian

Beautifully written, lively and sympathetic . . . an adventurous and highly entertaining read.

Bookshow (Germany)

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780143784517

    January 3, 2017

    Michael Joseph

    608 pages

    RRP $12.99

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  • Paperback

    9780143202790

    January 4, 2010

    Penguin

    600 pages

    RRP $24.95

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    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742530178

    January 4, 2010

    Penguin eBooks

    600 pages

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Extract

1974 Dodoma, Tanzania, East Africa

In the churchyard of the Anglican cathedral two coffins lay ready for burial. One of them was almost a foot longer than the other, but apart from that they were the same – simple boxes made from fresh-cut splintery wood, left bare. Bishop Wade stood beside them, a bulky figure draped in purple robes embroidered with gold thread. His pale skin was flushed with pink and sweat ran down his temples.

He looked out over a huge crowd. People lined the pathways and filled the spaces between the burial plots; they sat on the bon­nets and roofs of Landrovers parked along the boundaries, and even hung from the limbs of the old mango trees that cast their shade over the cemetery.

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